It is always a privilege to know the author of a book personally, and what a blessing this book was in letting us learn more about Melitta’s history. It gives us a glimpse into much of what contributed to make her the wonderful woman she is today. This book was encouraging and very inspirational. It reinforced the soverignity of God in Melitta’s life and the life of her family. We saw in this book the evidence of a big, powerful God who cares about even the smallest details of life. This is a message we all need to hear. Thanks Melitta for allowing God’s light and love to shine through the pages of this book.
With love and appreciation, Pastor Gene & Elenor
I now have your book loaded on the Kindle and have already read it. I am very impressed with it, and will read it again, I am sure. Glad you wrote this all down, it’s worth it. I was very touched by it.
Melitta, that’s an amazing story. I’m so glad you wrote it and shared it. The courage of your parents was amazing. The picture of you at 6 makes me smile every time I look at it.
I just finished reading your book – I didn’t rush through it – I wanted to absorb what you had written about your life. I thought I knew you – HA! Now, I really know you. What a great book and what a great journey to freedom. It brought tears to my eyes when I saw the sewing machine at the end of the book. Thank you for writing this great book. I LOVED reading it! I wish I had a book like that on my family’s journey from Armenia, but without my Mama I would never be able to write something.
I couldn’t put this book down. It was so interesting. The history provided along with the very personal story took you back to the times of Nazi Germany and the incredible struggles and pain that so many people endured. This is the story of one family told from the perspective of Melitta. Melitta was a baby when the horror occurred; so she retells the stories told to her when she was old enough to understand and remember. Her mother did not tell her one story until she was in her teens for fear of traumatizing her; namely, that she was taken from her mother’s arms immediately after birth by the Nazis. Read about the miraculous reunion of Melitta with her family.
I had been waiting for Melitta’s book to be finished, as she is a personal friend of mine, and I have known a bit about her life history – so when the book arrived in the mail, I sat down at my dining room table and did not do one other thing until I had finished reading the book! The descriptions of life as it was for her family prior to Melitta’s birth, life as it became so frightening in those early months/years after Melitta was born, and then the various escapes that the family went through to ultimately arrive at Augsburg – all were so fascinating to read about. God had His hand over Melitta and her family, and it is lovely that she and her husband Herb reflect their gratefulness to God, and that they so willingly share their love of God with others. This is an inspiring story about unusual circumstances, perseverance, the horrors of war and Naziism, and the ultimate survival of Melitta’s family through heroic acts by her mother and father. This is an exciting portrayal of a difficult time in our world’s history, it is easy to read, and I highly recommend it!
I read your book this morning and what a story and what a great job of writing. I am not much of a reader of books as they are so long, and well they drag them out so. I read short stories that keep your attention. You did a great job. God Bless you writing it and I am going to pass it to my girlfriends on my street as I couldn’t put it down till I was done. Hopefully, they will want to pass it on to someone and I will give them your email to do that. Boy! maybe when the gals read it they too will see how their life wasn’t so bad afterall. Makes the trials and tribulations of my growing up seem like a piece of cake.
The book was incredible! I had to read it a second time. I could picture everything you wrote. I had no idea your (and Willy’s and your sister’s) parents went through such difficulties! I cannot imagine what they went through when you were missing! What a miracle that you were returned to them! Now I’m wondering if you yourself suffered at the hands of those who took you. But I guess that’s something you’ll never know here on this earth. I am amazed and inspired at your faith in Jesus Christ despite what your family went through. That is so encouraging. I have always heard such wonderful things about you from the family, and I can see why. Your writing alone tells me the kind of person you are. Thanks so much for writing that book. I am so honored to have a SIGNED copy! If you ever write more books please let me know.
Well – I want to applaud you for doing it and for the excellent job you did….and thanks for the memories…it was a time to remember.
Thanks for the book which I really found very interesting. You have quite a story!
Sister Rose Agnes
I’ve read your wonderful book. Now Merv has started reading it., and we’ve told many people about it.
Have you and Herb visited Yosemite to see this beautiful area? It is breathtaking to say the least. By the way, your book was received and appreciated. I read it to Annabel over a couple of evenings and I must say it was a very good read. Well Done!!!
Your book arrived Monday and I had finished reading it by Tuesday. Couldn’t put it down, especially knowing you and having heard some of the story.
We´ve read the book. I´d like to thank you for the book as a dedication to our parents and sister and brothers. I´m glad you came to that point to write down the story of our family and the way we reached freedom. Thanks God that our parents had the courage to take all the risks during that terrible time in WWII instead of waiting that things might changed by itself. I was the lucky one in our family and just heard some of that endured stories from dad or mum. I can remember, when father told me when he was a soldier when war was about to end. He was recruted by the German Army an had to fight against invasors in the area of Rheinland. He wanted under no circumstances to be cought by the russions and to be sent to sibiria. Therefore he tried to break out out of a forest with three other fellows which was surroundet by russion trups and tried to move over a big area to get to the american camp. They found in that forest lots of lost wheapons and military stuff which they used to create a big fire work in order to make the russions believe, that there must be some kind of lost unknown armed unit. After doing so, the stationed russion soldiers run away and father and his fellows could reach the american camp and surrendered by the american authority.
He also told me, that in the american camp the officers were looking for prisoners, who are able to speek other languages than German and are able to cook (for all the millions of prisoners). Father had no idea of cooking, except of some looking at mum´s kitchen. He pretended to be an excellent cook an they took him right at the source of food in the newly installed camp kitchen, after four days of hunger. Mum said, when he came back from war, he was well nourished.
Thanks Melitta for the book. I´m really proud of you. I think it was the right decition to have sent you the sawing machine to the states. (and sorry for my bad english)
Love, Alex & Ulli
Enjoyed your book! Can’t believe how much I never knew about you. Really interesting! It was fun to read the chapters I knew about. You sure were a part of a LOT of history. I probably knew about the sewing machine you have but don’t remember it. Roger has read it too. Thanks for signing it.